Ray Allen announced Wednesday he will not play this season but stopped short of declaring himself retired, saying he will reassess his options next season.
"Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me," Allen said in a statement released by his agent.
"I've ultimately decided that I will not play this NBA season. I'm going to take the remainder of this season, as well as the upcoming off-season, to reassess my situation, spend time with my family and determine if I will play in the 2015-16 season."
At the conclusion of the 2014 NBA Finals, Allen made it clear he felt content and was unsure he would play again. However, numerous teams made contract offers and tracked him for months, in some cases leaving roster spots open for when he indicated he was ready to play again.
Allen continued to work out at his home in Miami, and at certain points in the season, teams courting him felt confident he would rejoin the league for a 19th season. The Cleveland Cavaliers, who have three of Allen's former Miami Heat teammates including LeBron James, were especially hopeful they could get Allen to sign. James met with Allen personally in January as he was rehabbing injuries in South Florida.
But while Allen kept the door open, teams started moving on around the trade deadline as it started to appear that Allen was indeed going to sit the season out after he didn't make a commitment following the All-Star break. He made it official in a release from his agency, Tandem.
Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty ImagesGoran Dragic has been getting to the free throw line more since joining the Heat.
1. The Miami Heat are projected to win 37 games, have a 60 percent chance of making the playoffs, and have the second-easiest remaining schedule, according to ESPN's BPI.
2. Goran Dragic has a career average of 4.2 free throw attempts per 36 minutes, but was getting a career low of 2.9 free throws per 36 minutes this season in Phoenix. Since coming to Miami, he has averaged 6.1 free throws per 36 minutes.
3. The Lakers will keep their first round pick provided it is in the top 5, otherwise it will belong to Philadelphia. The Lakers have a 74 percent chance of keeping their pick, according to BPI.
4. Ed Davis leads the Lakers in scoring efficiency with a true-shooting percentage of 60 percent and is seventh in the league with an offensive rebound percentage of 13 percent. The only 25-year-olds to have seasons at those levels or above since 2000 are DeAndre Jordan, Tyson Chandler, and Robin Lopez.
Whiteside has been fined $15,000 for escalating the incident by wrestling Len to the floor during Monday's game at Miami.
The fines were announced Tuesday by NBA executive Rod Thorn.
Miami won the game 115-98.
Sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard that the Golden State Warriors likewise have interest in signing McGee once the big man clears waivers Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Sources say McGee is drawing interest from a number of teams looking to add size after his release Sunday by the Philadelphia 76ers, who acquired McGee via trade from Denver on Feb. 19 and then waived him before Sunday's midnight playoff-eligiblity deadline, ensuring that the 7-footer would be eligible to play in the playoffs with another team this season.
After ESPN.com reported Sunday afternoon that the Sixers and McGee were engaged in buyout talks, Philadelphia ultimately consented to release the 27-year-old without forcing him to surrender any salary. McGee had roughly $3 million left from his $11.25 million salary this season when he was acquired by the Sixers and is owed $12 million next season.
The Sixers were willing on deadline day to take all that money on because they were millions below the league's salary floor and because they also acquired a future first-round pick from the Nuggets, who simply wanted to move McGee out.
MIAMI -- Tyler Johnson scored a career-high 26 points, Goran Dragic added 21 against his former team and the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 115-98 on Monday night in a game that included two third-quarter altercations.
The story line was supposed to be Dragic facing the club that traded him to Miami last month, amid hurt feelings on both sides.
Emotions boiled over instead.
Dwyane Wade scored 22 points for Miami, which fell to 10-17 at home and still remains in the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference race. Hassan Whiteside finished with 14 points and a season-high-tying 24 rebounds for Miami.
It was the second straight night Miami lost by exactly two points.
Bosh was hospitalized for just over a week and still will be monitored closely, but simply being released is a major step on his road back to health.
"That was his first goal," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He's been very anxious to get out of there. It was driving him nuts."
Spoelstra said Bosh was sent home Friday.
The situation was a huge scare for Bosh and the Heat, especially since his condition was diagnosed just days after former NBA star Jerome Kersey died because a blood clot traveled from one of his legs to one of his lungs. The team has not released any specifics about Bosh's condition, other than saying he had clots on a lung.
Bosh will miss at least the rest of the season.
His condition was diagnosed last week after he played with pain in his side and back for several days. His final on-court appearance was the NBA All-Star contest in New York two weeks ago, and he went to a hospital for evaluation after being stricken by severe pain while vacationing with Dwyane Wade in Haiti several days later.
There is no timetable for when Bosh -- who averaged 21.1 points and 7 rebounds this season -- is expected back at games, even if only home ones.
"We'll get there when we get to that point," Spoelstra said. "Right now, the big thing is he's at home and we'll take the next step when we get there."
Anthony Mason, a longtime NBA player who helped the New York Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals, has died at the age of 48.
A Knicks spokesperson confirmed to ESPN that Mason died early Saturday morning. The 13-year NBA veteran had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month.
"First I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciates it," his son, Anthony Mason Jr., said in a statement Saturday. "Overnight, New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother ... but more than anything our father, Anthony Mason. As you all would expect our father -- Big Mase -- put up an incredible fight, dealing with a severe heart issue. I'm wishing this was something else I was writing, but Pops we've got to let you know we love you and know you'll always be with us."
Antoine Mason had said earlier this week that his father was "getting better" following multiple heart surgeries.
Mason's family released a statement Saturday morning, saying that he "fought like a warrior to the very end."
"We would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt thoughts and strong prayers," the statement said. "Anthony felt each and every one. He fought like a warrior to the very end. Please keep your prayers and thoughts with us through this very hard time -- it is a great loss for us. We ask for our privacy during this time."
Mason played for six teams but was best remembered for his five-year tenure with the Knicks. Mason's bruising, physical play epitomized then-coach Pat Riley's Knicks teams. The 6-foot-7 forward became a fan favorite for his physical play and also drew attention for the creative artwork and messages he had carved in his haircuts.
"Anthony Mason exemplified perseverance for all players fighting for their chance in the NBA," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. "NBA fans and players around the league admired his tenacity on defense and playmaking on offense."
Mason teamed with Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley